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Title: Agia Eirini bush fire
Post by: Maik on Monday, 03 July, 2017 @ 21:34:43
Large fire raging in southwestern Cephalonia

A large wildfire is raging in the forested area of Agia Irini in southwestern Cephalonia since Sunday afternoon, the chief of the Ionian fire department services, Efthimis Georgakopoulos, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

Seven firefighting vehicles with 25 firemen are on the scene along with four Canadair and two Pezetel aircraft assisting the efforts from air, he said, adding that more forces are expected from the mainland.

"We're very optimistic that we will quickly manage to limit it," Georgakopoulos said, noting that homes in the area are safe.

Aghia Irini is close to one of the most touristic areas of the island, such as Skala, Poros and Tzanata village.

Wildfire on Cephalonia under control

A wildfire that broke out on Sunday afternoon in a forest area in Aghia Irini on Cephalonia was set under control.

The blaze has burnt 45 hectares of brushland while a strong force of firemen remains in the area, said Ionian islands fire brigade chief Efthimis Georgakopoulos to the Athens Macedonian News Agency.